72 Hours in Orange

A three-day itinerary that takes in the best of Orange in autumn

Escape to the country for a long weekend of invigorating weather, belly-warming food and wine, and plenty to see and do. Here’s your guide to a seasonal Orange outing.


Crisp blue skies, lovely landscapes, vineyards turning golden on hillsides and some of the most flamboyant foliage in NSW are reasons enough to visit Orange in autumn. Add great food, cool climate wines and an historic town centre full of country charm, and you have every reason to enjoy a getaway – and crackling fire – before the winter chill descends.




While you could leave Sydney after breakfast and be in Orange for lunch, the route across the Blue Mountains and through Bathurst invites a slow approach for those who appreciate World Heritage views or country towns. When you arrive, head to the striking Byng Street Boutique Hotel, which brings designer style to heritage-heavy Orange. It’s a 5min walk to dinner at local favourite Lolli Redini, which blends Italian boldness and French technique in autumnal dishes such as cheese soufflé, roast pumpkin or venison loin.

Yallungah Room at the Byng Street Hotel - Orange, Country NSW



Enjoy the great outdoors. 



Small Acres Cyder is located at  

  • 12 Akhurst Road 
    Nashdale NSW 2800 

  • It’s a 15min (13km) drive from Orange


Time to soak in a little country scenery. At 1,395m, Mt Canobolas has subalpine landscapes and vegetation, not something most Australians encounter every day. You might see wombat trails in the early-morning frost. Walk the short but scenic Summits Walking Track, which connects to longer walks if you’re feeling particularly energetic.

De Salis Wines

Mt Canobolas’ volcanic soils allow grapes to thrive, and you’ll find several cellar doors with gorgeous views hunkered at its foot. Try Rowlee Wines for its small-batch sustainable wines, De Salis Wines for classical French varietals, and Cargo Road Wines for big reds that are perfect for the coming winter months. Remember though, cellar door visits will need to be booked in advance. Afterwards, call in to Small Acres Cyder to discover how traditional cider is made. No better time to be here than apple-harvest season.

Rowlee Wines - Nashdale - Orange - Country NSW

If you’re here during the 10-day Orange F.O.O.D. Week in April, be sure to check special events at both vineyards and restaurants in town.



Aim for lunch at Sister’s Rock Restaurant among pinot noir-producing vines at Borrodell Estate. Views over the russet-red autumn landscape are delightful, and the menu features estate-grown cherries, plums and truffles.

Borrodell Estate

Take an afternoon drive through quintessential country-Australian landscapes. You could head 20km northeast to Ophir, where the NSW gold rush began in 1851, or west to Verandah Cave, where a walking track will lead you to pools sheltered by limestone overhangs – and the chance to spot a platypus.

The front exterior of Duntryleague Golf Club in Orange, NSW

Alternatively, hit the course at the championship 18-hole Duntryleague Golf Club, where the trees are a magnificent multi-coloured treat at this time of year.


With that bracing autumn chill in the evening air, get cosy over a hearty local shiraz at The Arthouse Bar before heading into The Schoolhouse Restaurant, which delivers bold modern-bistro flavours. Both occupy a former 1857 bank building.

The Schoolhouse Restaurant



Meander around the pleasures of town. 



The Sonic is located at  

  • 33-35 Sale Street 
    Orange NSW 2800 

  • It’s a 10min (700m) walk from Cook Park 


Though an à la carte breakfast is part of your hotel stay, save space for a hot chocolate or brekky wrap at Orange Farmers Market. It sells only produce from the Central West. Pumpkins, apples, rhubarb, chestnuts and walnuts make great seasonal stock for your larder.

Fresh Figs at the Orange Farmers Market - Country NSW

Get an overview of Orange by hitting the 90min heritage trail, which takes you past key historical sights and buildings. You won’t want to miss Orange Botanic Gardens and Cook Park, whose towering European trees provide an explosion of colour. Bills Beans East Orange will fuel you with coffee and a light lunch.


The outstanding Orange Regional Gallery is temporarily closed, so hit the boutiques, where you’ll find art, jewellery, leather goods, clothing and deli products handcrafted in the region. Don’t miss The Sonic for fashion and homewares. Then familiarise yourself with more local wines at Ferment, a wine centre and bar which represents 19 cellar doors and offers various tasting experiences.

Ferment - The Orange Wine Centre - Country NSW

You’ll need your car to hit The Agrestic Grocer 5km beyond town, but you’re rewarded with a smorgasbord of regional produce and the cellar door of Badlands Brewery.

The Agrestic Grocer - Orange - Country NSW



Head to Charred Kitchen for a casual meal warmed by the wood-and-charcoal oven. With 400 wines on the menu, you’re spoiled for choice. Want to extend your night a little? The speakeasy-style Washington & Co offers great whiskey or bourbon in a spot that hums on the weekend.

Charred Kitchen and Bar - Orange - Country NSW



Take the gold rush route home. 



Tonic Restaurant is located at  

  • Corner of Victoria and Pym streets 
    Millthorpe NSW 2798 

  • It’s a 20min (22km) drive from Orange 


Drive half an hour south to Millthorpe, but stop off on the way at Huntley Berry Farm to pick the last of the season’s berries to take home. After May, you’ll have to make do with jams and chutneys from the shop.

Millthorpe. Image Credit: Orange 360

Millthorpe is a pretty, heritage-listed village lined with cottages and former hotels and banks from gold-rush days. Learn more of the story at the Golden Memories Museum. Then browse Millthorpe’s boutiques for antiques, art, curios, ceramics and homewares.



Have lunch at much-awarded Tonic Restaurant for your final taste of autumn in the region. The elegant menu showcases seasonal Central West produce such as Cowra lamb and Mandagery Creek venison. Then pop into the town-centre cellar doors of Millthorpe wineries such as Slow Wine Co and Tamburlaine, which specialises in organic wine. The cellar door of Angullong Wines is housed in a late-1800s bluestone stable.

Dessert being prepared at Tonic Restaurant in Millthorpe, Country NSW

By now it will be late afternoon, but you’ll shortly be back on the A32 that brings you east towards Sydney and home.